Anne M. Eberhardt

Foal Crop Expected to Drop 8.5% in 2012

A foal crop of about 24,700 is expected in 2012, down from 27,000 in 2011.

The Jockey Club is projecting a 2012 North American registered Thoroughbred foal crop of 24,700, a decline of 8.5% from the estimate of 27,000 registered foals for 2011, it was announced Aug. 13 by Matt Iuliano, the organization’s executive vice president and executive director.

The foal crop projection, traditionally announced in mid-August, is computed by using Reports of Mares Bred (RMBs) received to date for the 2011 breeding season. RMBs are to be filed by Aug. 1 of each breeding season.

The 2012 foal crop is projected to be the smallest foal crop since 1971, when 24,301 foals were registered.

Stallion owners who have not returned their RMBs for the 2011 breeding season are encouraged to do so as soon as possible. Submission of RMBs can be accomplished quickly and easily through Interactive RegistrationTM, the online service that enables registered users to perform virtually all registration-related activities over the Internet. Interactive Registration is available at

Additional foal crop information is available in The Jockey Club’s Online Fact Book at and in the state fact books at